NY Times leaves Bush out of Selma photo; Conservatives take care of it!

Former President George W. Bush was the only ex-resident of the White House to show up for events marking the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement milestone of “Bloody Sunday,” but Americans wouldn’t know that from the front page of the country’s “newspaper of record.”

The old Gray Lady’s photo capturing the symbolic march of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., left out Bush and his wife, Laura.

Here is a photo taken from roughly the same vantage point at roughly the same time as the one the NYT used. Note the Bush family in the right.

All nice and bipartisan, right? A moment for all Americans to remember the civil rights marchers and their dedication to the cause.

Not quite. Here’s The Times front page.

Now, in The Times defense, there’s no way of knowing whether the Bushes were actually cropped out, or whether the photographer simply zeroed in on the current occupant of the Oval Office and — for the purposes of the photo — kept the field of vision limited enough to keep the ex-president out of view.

Right. But there is a way of knowing that The Times despises Republicans in general and George W. Bush in particular — its coverage of his eight years in the White House was unrestrained venom masquerading as journalism.

So it’s not too much of a stretch for an alert conservative to assume that the omission of the former president was a deliberate move on the part of The Times photo editiors to keep him out of the picture entirely.

And there were many, many alert conservatives watching.

Did we mention that there were many, many conservatives alert conservatives watching?

Everyone knows it indeed. Just like everyone knows what The Times really is.

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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